Help Your Preschooler Gain Self-Control

playpuzzels 2When asked about school readiness skills, many teachers say children who succeed in kindergarten know when and how to control their impulses. They can follow through when a task is difficult and listen to directions for a few minutes. These skills are linked to self-control. Children can develop them at preschool and at home.

Here are a few ways families can help children learn self-control. Change the rules of a game to make it an opposite game. For example, instead of playing the familiar version of Simon Says, play Simon Doesn’t Say.

Explain the new rule in words and actions: “Do the opposite of what Simon asks you to do. If Simon Says ‘Touch your head,’ you should touch your toes.” Be sure to demonstrate how this works. Keep directions simple. Continue reading

Early Development Tips and Tools

Children-reading-1PodcastTurning On or Tuning Out: The Influence of Media on Young Children’s Development – In this podcast, Dr. Ellen Wartella talks about recent research on the impact of media on young children and how parents can use this information to make good decisions around TV and other “screens”.

Your Child’s Development – This set of nine, age-based handouts include a “what to expect” chart for each age range, suggestions for supporting your baby or toddler’s healthy development, frequently asked questions, a research summary, and information about common parenting challenges for each age and stage.

Healthy Minds – This set of seven, age-based handouts link child and brain development and highlight the important ways in which babies and toddlers grow and learn in the first three years.  Continue reading